Sentient sailing ships, pirates and dragons - an excellent combination.
The interactions surrounding Paragon were irritating. For people who spend generations centered on their liveships they sure treat him disdainfully without even trying to figure out why he is the way is. Especially coming from Althea - for someone who supposedly understands liveships so well, she treats them more as objects than beings with feelings.
This is the first time I've encountered dragons written as such self centered, egotistical assholes. LOL
The wrap up felt a bit rushed, but most of the loose ends were tied up.